MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 418
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, November 10, 2007
Feb 6, 1895 (hand written)
At 9:35 last evening, MRS. HENRY BITZER passed quietly and peacefully away, after an illness of but two days. As was noticed in last eveningís JOURNAL she was stricken with apoplexy while doing household duties last Tuesday afternoon, and never regained consciousness.
Mrs. Bitzerís maiden name was Miss Henrietta Wetmore and was born in Newtown, Conn., Jan. 2, 1828, hence was 67 years, 1 month, 4 days old. He girlhood days were spent in her native town, where she received her education, and in June 1851, was married to Walter H. Simpson, with whom she came to Muscatine a few years afterward, where Mr. S embarked in business, being in the monument and marble business at the time of his demise, April 25, 1872. One son was the result of this union but he died in 1858. In October, 1874, she was united in marriage with Henry Bitzer, who with two sisters, Mrs. H.E. Parmelee, of this city, and Mrs. W.H. Simpson, of Lake township, and two brothers, Messrs. Cyrus S. and L.P. Wetmore, who reside in Connecticut, are left to mourn her untimely taking away.
The deceased was a devoted member of the First Congregational church of this city, and also one of the leading spirits of Electa Chapter, No. 32, O.E.S., being one of its charter members. She was always read to assist in any good work, and during the late war was a prominent worker in the Soldierís Aid Society. She was a kind-hearted, faithful, loving wife, a most esteemed and valued neighbor and friend.
The mourning relatives and friendship have the sympathy of all in their affliction and bereavement.
The funeral is appointed for Saturday morning at 10:30 from the family residence on East Fifth.
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